Choose an interesting incident or event from the author's life and perform it as a dramatic scene or comedic skit.
Have students select a cast of actors and actresses for a film adaptation based on "Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968." Use photographs and/or drawings of the selected cast members to create a movie poster for the film.
Have students create a "Dear Abby" type letter in the voice of Kovály, or one of her family members' voices. In the letter, ask for advice concerning any aspect of her/his life, at any point in her/his life. Once every student has come up with a question, distribute the questions randomly among the students and have them write responses in an advice-column style.
Create a collage of images relevant to the story, "Under a Cruel Star: A...
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